Firstly, a big thank you to the staff and customers for making the pub what it is. Thanks to them, we've been included in a new guide: Great British Pubs
Busy times at the pub for us, which seems to be becoming the norm I'm pleased to say. A new chef in situ, with some cracking menu and events ideas. If you're interested, have a look at his Christmas Menu and New Year's Eve buffet menu. Already we've got more bookings than last year, which I'm happy about. I'll be working with him to offer a beer & food matching evening, hopefully with the help of some friends from that there London as well as local brewers Brecon Brewing and Otley.
It's that time of year again where I re-assess the lines on the bar - Peroni has more than earned its place on the bar for another year, whilst expected price increases will see Carlsberg off for Amstel. At the premium end, Pilsner Urquell isn't shifting enough, so that will be downgraded to bottles only leaving me with a pump spare. Whilst flirting with the idea of going exotic, or a guest keg, a couple of lagers have caught my eye whilst in pubs where the ale hasn't been up to scratch. The first is Heineken, which will give me so great support if I install it alongside Amstel, and the other is one I didn't previously know, Dortmunder Union Pils.
In other news, the website has been updated, hopefully to a cleaner, more user-friendly style. We're going to add more local information to it, offering it as another online home for the people and friends of Hay on Wye. The pub is the social hub, so it makes sense for the website to be a local information hub. Any ideas or advice on this is greatly appreciated.
The kitchen has also been completely refurbished (god I hate taking down and putting up ceilings), and we're off today to Norfolk to pick up some fantastic tables for the new-look function room, which will then officially be finished. We can then offer conference/training facilities as well as private dining.
Personally, I've kept my online presence to a minimum recently (I note I haven't updated this blog in two months yet gained 3 followers, so presumably you lot like it when I say nothing). As well as being knee deep at the pub, I've been moving home and coping with an illness. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed shortly.
Small Business Saturday - The Black Mountains Bindery, one of two book binders in Hay. This is also the place to buy your limited edition copy of The Green Book of Olwen Ellis. An...
1 day ago